The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year

In 1998, boundaries blew open and new genres were invented each week. We look back at the best, brightest and weirdest from a pivotal year in pop

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36. Robbie Williams, "Strong"

English pop smoothie Robbie Williams escapes the boy band Take That, parties hard in posh hotels, hangs out with Oasis, strums his guitar and croons about the high price of his misspent youth: "Early morning when I wake up/I look like Kiss but without the makeup." The U.K. smash "Strong" was a highlight of his American debut The Ego Has Landed. After I raved about the album in Rolling Stone, I awoke one morning to find a bouquet on my doorstep, with a note from the artist: "Thank you for knowing." To this day, Robbie Williams remains the only pop star who's ever sent me flowers.

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